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Project Open Core: Thermaltake P5 Build (Introduction)

I have been using my current build for almost 5 years now, and it is time for an upgrade! Not only are the components getting a bit long in the tooth, but I recently received my Oculus Rift VR Headset, and my system just wasn't ready to help me step into the world of virtual reality.

For this new build, will be using the Thermaltake Core P5, open air case. This time around decided to go with hard acrylic tubing, so I did a 3D render in Google SketchUp to get a better idea of how things would be installed, and what kind of bends I will need to do.



This is going to be a bit different from by previous builds using the Corsair 800D, as there will not be much "modding" required to the case itself (we will see if that holds true). I really like the design of the Core P5, and am looking forward to seeing what I can create using it.

I will be including some custom lighting as well, but still deciding which direction I want to go with the acrylic panels, and lighting source. Testing both RGB LED light strips and EL Wire at the moment.

I will go into more detail regarding the components that will be used in a future post. Until then, check out this short video showing the 3D render from a few different angles.

Project Open Core - Thermaltake P5 Build (SketchUp Render)
https://youtu.be/Tl3q_zzza84
    
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its gonna be awesome, lookin forward to the build log/pics
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Project Open Core: Build Components

I am simplifying the liquid cooling loops compared to my last two builds, as I am no longer going to be running SLI. With a single GPU (GTX 1080) I will be using 1 loop to cool the CPU, Motherboard, and GPU.

Here is the Component List:
  • Case: Thermaltake Core P5 Open Air Case
  • Power Supply: Corsair AX1200
  • Motherboard: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII Formula
  • Motherboard Block: EK Integrated Crosschill MOSFET cooler
  • CPU: Intel i7 6700K
  • CPU Block: EK-Supremacy EVO Nickel
  • RAM: 16GB Corsair Dominator DDR4 @ 3200MHz w/ Light Kits
  • GPU: EVGA GTX 1080 (SC, SSC, FTW… waiting for release to know for sure)
  • GPU Block: EK 1080 Acrylic + Nikle (not yet released)
  • Sound Card: SupremeFX 2015 (On-board)
  • Hard Drive 1: Samsung Pro 950 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD (Operating System & Programs)
  • Hard Drive 2: Samsung Evo 1TB SSD (Games & Steam Installs)
  • Hard Drive 3: Seagate 2TB HDD (User Files)
  • Hard Drive 4: Seagate 4TB HDD (Storage)
  • Optical Drive: Samsung Blu-Ray / DVD+R (External USB)
  • Pump & Reservoir: XSPC D5 Photon 270 Reservoir & Pump Combo
  • Radiator: Alphacool NexXxoS 480
  • Coolant: Mayhems Pastel Blue Concentrate + Distilled Water
  • Tubing: Monsoon Hardline PETG Tubing 1/2" ID, 5/8" OD
  • Bending & Cutting: Monsoon Hardline Cutting & Bending Kit, Barrows Bending Tool
  • Fittings: Barrows Matte Black... and lots of them
  • Case Lighting: LED Strip 8ft 5050 RGB + 44 Key Remote
  • Acrylic Panel: 24in x 24in x 0.25in clear
  • Sleeving Material: MDPC-X (MurderMods) Sleeving Kit; Black, Blue, Heatshrink
  • Fans: Thermaltake Riing 120mm Blue LED Fans (x4)
  • Fan Controller: Phobya 4Pin PWM to 4x 4Pin Fan Splitter, ASUS AI Suite Software

This may change a bit as I get going, but for now it's pretty solid as I have most all the parts except for the GPU and accompanying block which haven’t been released yet.
    
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looks great in the renders, subbed to see some of those bends come to life!
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looks great in the renders, subbed to see some of those bends come to life!

Thanks. Already finding some of those bends to be very difficult, but working through it!
    
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Project Open Core: My Workspace

Recently moved into a new home, and there was a weird “closet” that is attached to the room that was to be converted into my home office. My wife had the idea to turn it into my project room, and it has worked out really well so far. Aside from PC modding, I also use it as a firearm cleaning station, and a place to work on my Quadcopter Drones / RC Cars. This picture also serves as my digital vault. If any tool goes missing, I can reference this photo as a reminder of where it goes... after I track down whomever "borrowed" my tool.

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My garage will also serve as a “workspace” for the messing cutting and routing parts of the build, but its just a normal garage and doesn’t merit any photo uploads.
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subbed, and not just for the build, for that elite wall o'tools too!
 
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Project Open Core: Case Mods

I have been wanting to start a new build for a while now, but none of the cases available were really what I was looking for. I had also been toying with the idea of doing a “Computer Desk” build for a while, but something always stopped me from going down that path. With the release of the Thermaltake Core P5, I found something that had a unique look, and the open nature of the case allows for so many custom options.



It's a very large case, about the same dimensions of the Corsair 800D I am currently using. It also has the option to be wall mounted, but I’m not comfortable doing that with the added weight of a liquid cooling loop. It might work fine, but not a risk I am willing to take. I also feel the case is the best I have seen for displaying the beauty of a well set up liquid cooling loop. The fact that you can also install a GPU vertically is a big plus. I nice looking GPU Block is great but with most systems, you can’t really see it, and I am glad the Core P5 has addressed this.





As far as modding goes, I originally thought there wouldn't be much need to do much….
Turns out I was wrong. For most, it probably doesn't need any modding, but for what I am looking to do, it was time to bust out the Dremel Tool.



There are various cut-outs around the case for cable routing, and they are not few in number. I was glad to see this, but I quickly found out that a few of the cut-outs don’t line up will with my hardware, and would have to be altered. First up, is the location where you can mount an SSD to the front panel. The existing hole is a bit too tight for my liking to route a SATA cable, so it needed to be enlarged.



Next up is the power supply. I am using a Corsair AX1200, and it seems to be a bit longer than average. Because of this, the PSU would cover up about half of the cut-out, which would make it difficult to bring sleeved cables through. Needed to increase the size here as well.



The cut-out at the top of the case to route the 8pin CPU Cable had to be altered because of the acrylic light panel I was building.



Also had to increase the size of the cut-outs along the Motherboard to have clean bends with my sleeved cables. This may not be an issue with other MoBos, but the 24pin location on the ASUS Maximus VII Formula didn’t line up well with the existing cut-outs. It would have still worked, but to get the look I was going for, needed to be altered.



The cutting went well, and I will now have a bit more freedom to route cables specifically the way I want. Structural integrity of the case seems to be fine, but as mentioned before, no wall mounting for this build. Then went ahead and filed down the cut edges to be smooth, and as a precautionary measure, also wrapped all cut edges with a carbon fiber patterned adhesive vinyl.



For High Resolution versions of all photos from this build log, please check out the Album on Flickr.
https://www.flickr.com/gp/24705522@N05/yB94Z9
Edited by Mr_Armageddon - 5/25/16 at 9:29pm
    
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Project Open Core: Case Mods continued…

Ended up making 1 additional cut along the HDD support bar. Reason was again to provide easier routing of 24pin sleeved cable.



Even though the ASUS MoBo can control the system lighting, I wanted a push button switch to turn the lighting effects on and off. Will be using a 22mm Blue Illuminated Vandal Resistant "Latching" Switch for this purpose.



Used a Step Drill Bit to make the hole.



It seems to have slipped a bit and its not perfectly centered, but not much I can do now, and it still looks fine.



Next up, custom lighting and acrylic testing!


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